Thursday, July 20, 2023

I Like Thursday 217

And just like that over a month went by and I did not make a post.  I enjoy my new home, but there are some challenges still:  Such as I moved from a 5 bedroom house with over 2500 square feet to a home with a little under 1800 square feet.  Which I technically halved because my middle daughter and her family are living with me.  But we are adjusting, and I am planning.  Please be kind, my area is still pretty much a mess.  

The kitchen is clean and functional but it took a lot of work!

I bought this slide out pot and pan rack, the top portion holds the lids.  It is a favorite of mine!

My daughter had an old butcher block that had been in my parents house for years until they remodeled about 10 years ago.  We have it set up as a coffee station, with an ice maker, coffee maker, Keurig, and an Espresso Maker.  All the syrups and stuff with on the bottom shelf. 

We got the Hoosier out of storage, currently it has all our plates and bowls in the tambour, and most of the baking supplies in the cabinets.  Next too the Hoosier is our mini fridge where we keep coffee creamer, and sodas, and the microwave with its accoutrements-- bowl cozies, microwave covers.  

And the tiny pantry is all scrubbed, with new racks, and we have tons of space and it is organized!  It is nice to have.  

OK Last post I showed the door to my kind I am working on it, but there are days I work in the garden, and a trip to town is an all day event.

This will be my sewing area once I get things organized a bit.  There is a weird room in the basement with a dirt floor.  I am going to put in a vapor barrier, and then get some pallets, and my sewing totes will be in there.  Oh and lesson learned, Ikea shelves do not travel well.  I am not even bothering to paint yet, too many other things need to be done.  Behind the wall of shelves is an old glass and steel picture window, that someone painted partially over.  Hidden behind the shelves I don't really mind.  I do need to get some straps to strap my shelves to the wall, I was concerned because I didn't want to drill holes in the masonry, but I learned that you can just glue them to the masonry, and then attach to your bookcases.  

My sitting area I created, and the door to my back deck.  I have a new sliding door ordered and am waiting on the window guy.  This one was installed wrong and would lead to major leaking if not fixed.  

The wonky bathroom.  The vanity is tiny, I can't even get my hair dryer or curling iron in the drawers, the medicine cabinet is on the wall to the right, the shower which is walk in, and tiny with sliding doors is to the left.  There is basically no storage for anything in here, so there will be some reconfiguration soon, and painting.  Oh and the door closes, but there is a huge area above the door which is open, and there is no fan in the bathroom!

This short hallway goes to my bedroom.  There is no door, just the doorway and it is narrow.  To the left is a big closet which we have set up with all our cleaning supplies, vacuum, mops, and other household supplies.  To the right is a wall of cabinets and a few drawers.  I have been putting some sewing supplies, sheets, towels, all the stuff you accumulate that was in a junk drawer at one time is now in a junk bin.  Spare parts etc.

 My bedroom, yes it has wood on the walls, and Rebecca and I after really looking at it decided that it was not paneling, but laminate flooring.  My bed which was getting stripped for laundry day. 

The closet that the doors do not really slide, and there are outlets in the closet, and a huge hole where they had TV cables.  But I have almost all my clothes in there, summer, winter, too small, and shoes too.  I miss my over the door shoe rack but I don't have a door to my bedroom, nor is there a way to put one in.  I bought one from Amazon and it was perfect!
The bedroom is plenty big, and it has a swamp cooler for the summer, and a door to the outside.  Funny thing is I have only the one tiny window which looks out over the garden, and then this door to the outside.  There are outside lights, but in order to turn them on, I would have to unlock and open the door, the switch is out there.  😕I bought a screen to put on the outside but haven't got that far yet.  The dresser is a mess right now, because somehow the bottom drawer during the move had the bottom of it pulled out, and someone shoved the drawer back in, over the bottom so it is stuck, and I am trying to not destroy the antique dresser. 

Doorway to the hall.  

 I have met a few neighbors.  Our scheduling seems to be off, we keep having appointments for days that there are community events, like Bingo, and the Ducky Derby.

The weather has been hot, but not as hot as in the rest of the country, and we cool down to the low 50's at night.  We were checking directions and discovered that my phone not only has a compass but also tells me elevation.  My house sits at 2,000 feet above sea level.  I have been trying to get back into my fitness, and eating routine, but have struggled since hurting my knee last year.  I did go for a walk the other day, it was too hot for Bobbin to go, I didn't want her to burn her feet.  

I took this picture from the road, which is narrow, twisty, and turny, and barely one lane.  You can see how far above the river I was, and I didn't realize what a climb I had done until I drove it the other day.  I walked about 1 1/2 miles up the road, and back.  No wonder I was hurting afterwards.  

I have more to share, but I think that is enough for today.  Keep cool! I forgot how much work it is to move.  It took me several hours to set up my wireless printer today, then I had to make an appointment for a smog check so I can get my vehicle registered.  I read the driver's manual and took several practice tests I think I can pass.  So that is next on my agenda, hopefully next week.  I can't wait to really settle in and have time to sew.  What project do i want to work on first! 

Have a fabulous week!


  1. The thought of moving gives me the heebie jeebies! Ugh! Looks like you all are coping well, and just taking one day at a time! The only way to tackle such a huge job!

  2. WOW--you have been so busy at settling in there!! Moving is just so hard--you have gotten a whole lot done though> You must be feeling better and seeing an end to getting everything where you want it. Rest that knee up--you don't want to re-injure it!! Take care now...hugs, Julierose

  3. Oh my goodness, what a lot of things you've done! Moving is awful, but trying to fit a big houseful of stuff into a little one is very hard. I'm glad you're getting settled and it looks like a beautiful place to be living.

  4. No need to apologize for anything. It took a lot of courage (and energy) to get where you are. You know how you eat an elephant, don't you? One bite at a time. I have a little sign on my front door that says "Martha Stewart doesn't live here". It gets a lot of chuckles from visitors. I hope you can get to some quilting soon. It will lower your stress levels.

  5. You and your daughter have been working so hard to make the new house a home, and it looks like you're getting there! I like that coffee station - lots of yummy stuff there. And what a beautiful view as a reward for all this work!

  6. Really cool stuff. The wood ceiling is interesting. That is a wonky bathroom! What an amazing view from the road!

  7. Many years ago I built a shelf for over the toilet to hold towels, etc, since our bathroom didn't have any storage. It was simple to build (I did it while hubby was a work so that he wouldn't be able to change how I wanted to make it). We're still using that shelf, 2 states and over 30 years later.


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